Church Women United in Georgia hosted its 12th annual awards luncheon in Macon on March 13 and Gwen Cox of Guyton was honored as Church Woman of the Year.
The event took place at Riverside United Methodist Church and nearly 200 members and guests greeted one another.
The purpose of the awards luncheon is to honor women who have demonstrated outstanding personal ministry through their personal life, their church and denomination, and through Church Women United. Along with Cox, nine other women selected from local units of Church Women United throughout Georgia received certificates of recognition and honor.
Cox is a member of Church Women United in Savannah. Grace Crary, awards selection committee chairperson, remarked on the wide range of talents Cox brings in each criterion measured for the honor of being named Church Woman of the Year.
“Mrs. Cox has been active in church and community affairs for over 40 years serving in the Jaycettes, Girl Scout leader, United Methodist Women and Church Women United,” Crary said.
At the Port Wentworth UMC, she was children’s coordinator of Sunday Schools, teacher, disciple leader, chair of Council on Ministries, chair of pastor-parish relations and served in many capacities in the United Methodist Women. Presently, she serves as communications chair and publisher for the TEL-A-WOMAN for South Georgia Conference United Methodist Women, publisher of the directory, chair of the committee on nominations, and event coordinator for Church Women United in Georgia. At the Guyton United Methodist Church, she is president of the United Methodist Women, Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, and member of the Trustees. In Savannah, Cox served as board vice president of the Wesley Community Centers, Inc.
Cox, event coordinator, introduced the members of the awards committee and thanked them for their service. Crary introduced each local unit honoree, who received a certificate and a red rose. Unit presidents accompanied the honorees.
Makeba Davis, a soloist provided special music. The Rev. Patricia Martin of Atlanta opened the event with an invocation. Myra Baker, vice president of CWU in Georgia, closed the event with a benediction and sending forth.
“We look forward to continuing this joyful event in the future, so that we may honor our women of outstanding personal ministry,” said Margaret Koehler, state president.